Food at 5 launched and doing well.

Fair Frome launches Food at Five

Two course hot meal – term time only & free to anyone on benefits (suggested donation £2 for others): 

Monday 5 – 6 pm at the Key Centre

Wednesday 5 – 6 pm at Frome Football Club

Thursday 5 – 6 pm at Trinity Church Hall

For more information please call 01373 488578 or e mail: [email protected]

Local charity Fair Frome, which already runs the local Food Bank, the Furniture Bank, Community Lunches, Holiday Hunger Events and other services designed to provide practical support to meet basic needs and to promote community cohesion, is now launching Food at Five.

Since last summer Fair Frome have been running their “holiday hunger” lunches after local schools raised concerns about children on free school meals not receiving their nutritious lunches during school holidays, the Easter holiday scheme having just finished. The lunches which were run in conjunction with activities provided by Purple Elephant were hugely successful, delivering meals to over 336 children and parents over the two holidays, at least half of whom were on benefits.

This new project, with sponsorship from Bistro Lotte and others, called Food at Five, aims to build on that success and deliver three freshly cooked hot meals every week at 5.00pm during term time, after school, in three of the areas of Frome which have the highest levels of child poverty and deprivation. Meals will be free for families on benefits and a small charge of £2 to others. Vegetarian options will be available at every session and booking isn’t necessary – just come along. The meals will be held at: The Key Centre, the Mount on Mondays, Frome Town football club on Wednesdays and Trinity Church Hall on Thursdays. There will be no meal at Trinity on May 2nd as the hall is being used for the local election.
Bob Ashford, chair of trustees at Fair Frome said, “Whilst Frome is a relatively prosperous town, it is also a high cost town in which to live. We know from our Food Bank uptake that poverty is a real issue in Frome.

“Our holiday hunger project was established in response to concerns of local headteachers and others, that children were going to school hungry and this was having a huge impact on their educational and physical needs. The scheme has been very successful in trying to meet those needs.

“We also recognise though that these families and children would also welcome the opportunity to come together with neighbours and enjoy a hot meal during term time as well. Because of the generosity of local people, our new Food at Five together with the Holiday Hunger scheme will now mean Fair Frome will be providing freshly cooked hot meals three times per week throughout the year, serving those areas with the highest need”